The quest for lasting happiness lies at the very heart of all human purpose and experience, and this much desired attainment is sought in many different ways. Among the ways that have proven successful, a number of recurring themes are evident.
The perennial philosophies all urge self-perfecting, the inner way, simplicity and desirelessness, while most of mankind is searching in the outer world – looking for the right person, right possessions, right place, right career.
Here are a few pointers that work:
A huge wealth of highly credible literature and teachings concur that happiness is first of all an inner accomplishment, not just a series of outer circumstances. Prayer, contemplation, quiet time, simply sitting with peaceful music, the practice of inner stillness, all help in developing peacefulness, balance, an inner harmony and poise. Happiness arises out of these practices like the fragrance of a flower, the natural joy of the soul.
Visualise Your Day
Take five minutes at the start of each day to visualize what you intend to accomplish. Prepare the mind like an arrow with intention, gather your life energy, and burst into your day with vigour, intensity, calm, resolve and joy. Every day we create our world with our mind - our moods, emotions, attitudes and consciousness. Train the mind and fill it with inspiration and positive energies, self-faith, the bright colours of your heart and soul.
Try to achieve excellent and enduring physical health through regular cardiovascular exercise and reasonable diet. The well-being of the body creates the foundations of a lasting happiness. Body, mind, heart, soul interconnect and impact on each other - happiness is helped by physical well-being as well as by stress free living, simplicity, spiritual awakening. The body is the temple, the soul is the shrine, happiness the fragrance.
Compassion and Kindness
Practice kindness and acts of self-giving. When we use our good qualities to serve others, our good qualities multiply. When we neglect these and live only for ourselves, they wither. This is karma yoga, spirituality in action. Through self-offering the ego is erased, the heart widens, our oneness with others expands and deepens. Happiness blossoms when we see and serve the divinity in everything around us.